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Extortion by local cops« on: January 04 2005 01:01:00 »
Foreign tourism should be warned about the extortion they are exposed to by local venezuelan police and other military corporations at beach check points; they seem to target surfers and people of foreign descend. When I went to visit, this country, on my way to Los Caracas I was pulled over by a couple of PM officers (or licensed thieves), and after they searched our rental car to find nothing compromising and gave us hard time for not having local drivers license, they demanded to be pay in dollars to let us go free. It is very sad that a goverment that preaches justice and freedom for the poor, have its branches rotten in corruption, and it scares away tourism, which brings cultures together and promotes jobs.
RE: Extortion by local cops« Reply #1 on: January 04 2005 16:01:00 »
It's indeed a sad situation. It's what surfers have to deal with all the time in Venezuela. It's seems that for this crooks with uniforms surfers are a far better way to make a living than by doing their jobs; that's why we have here in Venezuela over 100 shot dead every weekend, while we surfers are took down for no reason at every police station in every coastl town in the country.
RE: Extortion by local cops« Reply #2 on: January 04 2005 16:01:00 »
A word of warning for those of you people who want to come surf in Venezuela: La Guaira it's a bad beaten up state because of the massive tragedy in december of 1999, it's full of misery, corruption, thieves, rapers... it's miserable and poor, and plenty of good breaks too; i do recomend it, but you shouldn´t come here on your own. For avoiding any unpleasant encounters with this PM officers the trick is to get up real early and get pass all local towns along the Guaira coast line before police control points are mounted. You should be past Naiguata by 6:30 - 7:00 am
RE: Extortion by local cops« Reply #3 on: January 10 2005 17:01:00 »
thanks for the tip, however surfers in venezuela should raised their voice and let know head supervisors how much these crooked cops and militaries are hurting the Venezuelan economy and its international image. This comment may be used for that pourpose. You are in the land of the greatest liberator of the world, surfers dont put with corruption neither be intimidated by it!
RE: Extortion by local cops« Reply #4 on: February 14 2005 16:02:00 »
Hi, well i was just looking around for pics of my country since im actually living out and well i also surf and we could say that Venezuelan coast is my home town, now i undestand the situation with the cops and it bugs me more than anyone because its my home town and still they ruin all that for me would be good, like foreign relations and a good image, and well i would also recomend to try and find someone local of trust to be a guide so that he could help you avoid this type of situations! :)
RE: Extortion by local cops 1« Reply #5 on: July 26 2007 07:07:00 »
When I was living in Venezuela, I had a group of those a.. h.... stoping me and my friends every single time we were heading to the beach to surf. Same story every time, they were looking for drugs that did'nt exist. It got worst & worst every time. they started putting them self the stuff in our cars in order to rip us off. We were gun pointed every time by those monkeys on bikes. So we decided to act! With my family conections we went to see one of the PM head officers in San Bernardino, there we fully identified the guys on pictures.
RE: Extortion by local cops 2« Reply #6 on: July 26 2007 07:07:00 »
Two days after, we went down to beach with two undercover PM officers. They pull us over at Caraballeda and they did all the good cop & bad coop show. To resume the story, the undercover took the three other coops to jail. They were free one week after and it seems that the revenge on the undrecover guys was pretty nasty. They all live in the same barrios...
RE: Extortion by local cops« Reply #7 on: August 08 2011 14:08:00 »
Do not go to Venezuela to surf period. Extortion is the least that could happen to you there. You could get kill in a country like that, for what? they do not even have a decent wave. Go to Dominican Republic, or Nicaragua or even Ecuador. Don't risk your lives going to a place like Venezuela....